Cathleen “Cathy” Coakley enters her eighth year as director of Student Athlete Development at the University of New Hampshire. Coakley oversees a comprehensive educational program designed to enhance the personal/professional development and welfare of UNH student athletes. The many areas of student athlete development include first year (Freshmen, transfer) behavioral education, Sophomore to Senior leadership and life skill development, community service projects and advising SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee), the leadership group comprised of members from all 18 athletic teams. In addition, she has established and continues to expand networks and liaison relationships with other departments, organizations and resources across campus.
Coakley has an extensive career in college athletics and higher education. Prior to her return to UNH, she was an instructor of Sport Marketing in the Kinesiology Department at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. Her curriculum included personal development, life skills, professional/ career skill inventory and assessment. She coordinated all practicums and internships required of Sport Management majors. While at JMU she served as Assistant Field Hockey Coach (2005- 2007) helping to rebuild the program and guiding the Dukes to a CAA Conference championship and NCAA appearance in 2007.
Prior to her tenure at JMU, Coakley was a college basketball coach. She started her collegiate career at UNH as an assistant coach, then moved on to become the Head Coach at Fordham University in New York City.
After spending several years in corporate business, Coakley returned to college basketball as an assistant coach at Northeastern University in Boston. During her years at Northeastern, the Huskies won the America East Conference championship, advancing to the NCAA tournament.
Coakley is a UNH graduate, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Earth Science and her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration.